Cool environment, it was an old fire station, with casual dinner menu and good cocktails. Service was slow and we didn't see our waitress for quite awhile after being seated. Then she checked in repeatedly on us to order. We ordered 2 orders of ribs on a Friday night and about 15 minutes after we ordered, she returned to tell us they only had 1 order of ribs left. They also lost my friends pizza ordered. The manager nicely took the pizza off our bill but it was very odd for a Friday night when the place was not packed. I think I will try other places in Ballard for next time.
Loved the building and the history. The food was delicious .
We hadn't been here for a while and were reminded that we need to come more often. Our meals were very good—and compared to restaurants in the area—we found it very affordable.
Excellent food and service. We were there New Year’s Eve and had a blast. We sat close to the door. That spot was a little chilly. Will sit somewhere else next time.
My wife had flank steak. I had blackened pork and grits. We shared a small plate of gnocchi. All were great! Our server was fun and friendly. We will be back.
Normally this is a great place to eat, but I've seen the quality of the food decline recently. The lamb sliders were overcooked. I get they are small (actually small even by slider standards), but cooking them past well done is unforgivable. My LDC had the vegetarian plate. She asked if it was spicy and the server said it was more sour and not spicy at all. The vegetables were either too hard to eat, too spicy for her, too bland, or a combination of these. I've never had pickled butternut squash, but if this is any indication, it should never be done. It was not softened in the least. Imagine slicing a squash to about 1/4 inch and dousing it in spicy vinegar for a few minutes. Not sure if we'll be going returning again.
Our small office chose Hi-Life for our Holiday lunch. The food selection was diverse enough to keep everyone happy. The atmosphere, from the cool building to the chill clientele and the friendly wait staff made for a memorable and comfortable occasion.
Yummy food and farmhouse ambiance. My friend and I shared a couple of plates and it was just enough food. Highly recommend the ribs!
Our server was rude and completely not attentive. Half of the food was brought 10 minutes before the rest and it was served cold. Not even room temperature, I mean cold. The manager fixed everything but the server was so rude it just felt like a huge fiasco. There was very much a feeling that we were putting them out wanting water and hot food.
Went to the Sunday Chicken Dinner special. A great deal, the chicken was plentiful and delicious. There were plenty of side dishes that were great. The Sunday dinner has become a family tradition
My husband and I went for the Sunday night fried chicken dinner. It was phenomenal. The chicken was perfectly cooked with a tasty crispy batter. It was served with homemade mashed potatoes, carrots, and a light gravy. It's upscale comfort food. Our server was friendly and efficient. We both enjoyed the meal and will definitely go back! The only negative was a very large party next to us that insisted upon standing between our tables instead of sitting in their seats to converse. They were loud and distracting and in everyone's way.
Excellent midweek meal. Generous business who donates to local area nonprofits.
Reservations were easy on Open Table. Our table was ready when we got there, friendly competent help made us feel very welcome and the ample Sunday night chicken dinner was comfort food at it's best for our crowd of eight. We'll be back!
Hi-Life has been a standard for me when in the Ballard area for years. I particularly like the fried chicken dinner they hold on Sunday night as it is really good. Menu changes seasonally but not always the best for someone who has dietary limitations.
This restaurant is in a old fire station. Beautifully done, and the food is excellent. Great beer and cocktail selection. Also, the Sunday chicken dinner is legendary.
Had a party of 9 for my wife's birthday. Made the reservations the day before, and our table was ready for us at 7:45pm on Saturday evening, absolutely no wait whatsoever. The service was exceptional, the food was good, the ambiance was nice and the music wasn't too loud (which is a hard thing to find, in my experience). Would happily go back for a group or one-on-one.
Great good and love the firehouse building. Very friendly staff.
Really disappointed. This was my 3rd time here and I had a pleasant time at the other 2. The food was burned or overcooked so we had to send 2 things back, but should have sent 1 or 2 more back. She shoved the bill in my face before I had my second bite of my meal even though we noted we were there for a birthday and wanted desert. We ordered coffee and had to wait 30 minutes because they had already started cleaning the machine at 9PM on a Friday (with lots of other tables). The bill was wrong so I sent it back to take the extra wine off and it came back with automatic gratuity because she was afraid of not getting a tip after making so many mistakes. When I asked her about it (nicely - I swear!) she cried! Now all my friends are asking me why I am so mean and I feel like a total jerk. I just didn't want to pay for wine I didn't have!! Manager never came over to see what was going on with clearly a mess of a situation. None of us will ever go back. Really the worst dining experience I think I have ever had.
We always enjoy the Hi-Life--nice for an easy dinner with kids. The anaheim mac and cheese is fantastic. Good variety on the menu.
Great! Would definitely go back.